To meet increasing demand for digital books, 136 Minnesota Historical Society Press (MHS Press) books have been converted and are available as e-books from popular e-book vendors. Six short form e-books will be released by the end of January 2013. Digital editions of more than 80 MHS Press books are available to libraries, researchers and students via Project Muse, a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content. In addition, an enhanced e-book about Minnesota in the 1970s is now being written and developed and will be published in fall 2013.
The Minnesota Historical Society Press continues to digitize new and backlist titles, making them available in a variety of digital formats (XML and e-pub) for multiple e-book readers including the Kindle, the Nook, the Sony E-Reader and the Apple iPad. Digital editions of scholarly titles will also be made available to libraries and educators via the UPCC e-book Collections on Project MUSE and Google Editions. In November 2011, MHS Press released its first iPad application, an enhanced e-book for the new children’s picture book, Big Little Brother by Kevin Kling, with illustrations by Chris Monroe. The MHS Press will also hire a digital production specialist to serve other Legacy projects using MHS Press content such as MNopedia and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 web site. This specialist will also work on the revised edition of the Northern Lights textbook and curriculum.
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $4,800,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.